News Release (Draft

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Department of Labor and Employment
30 October 2014

Towards Child Labor Free Philippines,
National Children’s Month ends on a high note

"Much has been done in the area of child labor prevention and elimination, but much
is still expected from us. Admittedly, poverty will always be seen as the culprit that
pushes children to work. Helping those who do not have the means is the
transformative action called upon by the inclusive growth framework.”

This is the message of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz, at the close of the National Children’s Month, rallying a call on stakeholders
“to continue partnering with the DOLE and other government agencies in ensuring
that child laborers and their families will be transformed and reintegrated into their
communities with a sense of self-worth, empowerment, and dreams.”

The month-long celebration, spearheaded by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with
Special Concerns (BWSC) and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC),
concluded with the Children’s Arts Festival held at the Skydome, SM City North Edsa
on 29 October, where close to hundred children and child welfare advocates from
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dandreb E. 2nd Place – Ryan P. Winners for the On-the-Spot Painting Contest. 13 years old. . “Batang Malaya. Occupational Safety and Hazard Center in Agham Road. and San Juan National High School attended. De Torres. Labanan!. For the first category with contestants ages 13 and below. have also been awarded. 11 years old. 12 years old. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. Children’s Group. 16 years old. held last 18 October at the Ichikawa Auditorium. Children’s Group. and ventriloquist stint from Ony Carcamo. Proteksyunan! Child Labor. the winners are: 1st Place . At the event. Dasmariñas North High School. Dasmariñas North High School. children were indulged in a festive treat with performances from Rondalla on Wheels and Igal-Igal Badjao Dance. This year’s theme. Hizon. Claro M. Quezon City. Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. The second category winners. storytelling from Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc.Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).(PCCI). and 3rd Place – Dany Cris M.” amplifies the importance of social protection in attaining sustainable and inclusive growth. Catandaan Yabut National High School. are: 1st Place – Allen C. Angelitud. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. Recto High School. Enerlan. Derecho. 15 years old.14 years old. and 3rd Place – Kianne Marie P. Batiancila. ages 14 to 17. 2nd Place – Thrish Anne M.

Substantiating this. and the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (CLKSS) website. Department of Labor to which the Philippines reached the “significant advancement” status along with other 12 countries in the Asia Pacific.S.” Baldoz said. 2nd Place – “Kawikaan 22:6” by Euniz Johanne Garcia.” Baldoz said. “Napakatagal na pong panahon na tayo ay nakikipagbaka laban sa child labor. “Pangalawang taon na po ito na „significant achievement‟ ang rating ng Pilipinas sa nasabing US DOL Findings. The DOLE’s BWSC is also brewing up . and 3rd Place – “Malaya Nga Ba?” by Dominique Osal. “While this may be a good news for us. and Armida Reyes. We must further intensify this anti-child campaign -. Napakalaki na rin po ng ating ipinuhunang lakas. at panahon sa ating antichild labor campaign. Kaya po maipagkakapuri natin na nagtatagumpay po tayo sa ating laban kung ito ang ating magiging batayan. Chinina Perez.” The winning entries of this year’s contests can be viewed and accessed at the Batang Malaya Youtube Channel.Winners for the Public Service Announcement were also recognized at the event. salapi. we cannot be complacent. Facebook Page.to speak the unspeakable and show the nation that which it refuses to see. to wit: 1st Place – “Sa Likod ng Ngiti” by Jasmin Monroy. There is no other way but up. she cited the favorable results of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor by the U.

The line of activities in the National Children’s Month. SM Cares Foundation. Canon Philippines.agreements with private sector and local government units for exhibiting the entries on billboards and public vidiwalls.. Bank of the Philippine Islands. Inc. END/hjtg . is made possible in partnership with SM Skydome. Globe Telecom. and Jollibee Foods Corporation. along with the Children’s Arts Festival.

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